Why An iPhone?

Day 6 of my adventures in iPhone. The Ghost Armor has settled in and I’ve got a proper case on it, installing my carbon fiber MotoringBadges iPhone 4 Wrap later tonight. And I’m still digging it.

But I wanted to take a minute to be clear as to why I finally caved in and got an iPhone. And to start, it’s not because I hated Android. Because I didn’t. I quite liked it in fact. What I didn’t like about Android, and I get with the iPhone in spades, is the fact that 99.9% of all Android phones are completely, 100% controlled/limited, by the carriers that sell them. Unless you are lucky enough to be able to get a Nexus that is.

This means that ‘official’ updates* come from the wireless providers, sometimes **months** after they are released, if at all. My Dinc was stuck on 2.2 eventhough 2.3 was released back in April. There are also the crap apps that can’t be removed*, again put there by the carriers.

Another thing about Android is the apps are rubbish. Even the big name apps, the Dropbox’s and Foursquare’s, aren’t that great. Nothing on Android integrates with Dropbox. Foursquare never knew where I was right now, only where I had been 2 stops ago. Other apps would crash constantly or have such a limited feature set they weren’t worth using.

But the OS itself is nice and I liked using it. In fact, if Apple decided to put Android on a iPhone 4 or 4s, I would have a hard time deciding which to get.

Until I wanted to do something with photos or video.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the biggest reason I have for actually getting an iPhone is because of iMovie. The ability to take and edit video in the field has been so tempting to me I knew this was something I **had** to have. And it’s pretty amazing.

That video was shot and edited entirely on my iPhone. Not bad for my first try if I’m honest. I’m really excited to really get into what can be done with the camera and iMovie and expect I will be using this quite a bit. I will be talking about this more in the future, as well as a full review of the phone, very soon.

*Sure there are ROMs. Sure the device can be rooted. But both of those are steps that I shouldn’t have to take to make my device work, especially when it’s the only communications device I rely on..

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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